Fun & Functional Kitchen Window Valance

When you don’t have a lot of room to store things it’s time to start thinking of creative ways to display collections and/or supplies. For me a kitchen window valance, or any window valance for that matter, is one way to help with this storage problem.

My little craft studio is just 8×11, and I’m making more room to do the actual creating by getting things out and displayed around my home.

I shared my vintage egg beater window valance earlier this week and I promised to share kitchen window valance #2.

It’s completely different, but still has a fun kitchen theme and just like window #1 because I’m using what I already have it didn’t cost me a thing.

I have a collection of metal graters that I use to make repurposed junk owl wind chimes.

repurposed grater window valance

Here’s how I was storing them, on a metal shoe rack on one side of my craft studio door.

You can see that a few of them already have faces. They’re just waiting for wings and chimes.

While this storage was very practical the graters that were hung lower did stick out. This made it a bit of a challenge to maneuver through the doorway safely.


faux tea towel vinyl blind makeover and repurposed grater kitchen window valance

So I thought… why not get some of them off the back of the door and up where I can see them?


repurposed grater kitchen window valance

1″ finishing nails were all that was needed to hang them and the longer graters are hung on the outsides.


repurposed grater kitchen window valance

Spacing them out as evenly as possible gives them a nice neat look, but I didn’t really really worry about it too much.

I just kinda winged it.


repurposed grater kitchen window valance

Alternating the grater sides adds some extra interest.


repurposed grater kitchen window valance

I’ll be keeping my owl chimes here through the various stages of completion, including when they’re all done and listed in my etsy shop.

As each one hopefully sells they’ll be replaced with another grater… and so on and so on and so on.


repurposed grater kitchen window valance

Just like my necklace and silver tray window valances this repurposed kitchen window valance is not only functional, but it’s also fun and funky.

Displaying collections in groups makes more of a statement. Even the simplest gathering of similar things can become an art installation.

It honestly doesn’t matter what the things are. It only matters that you love them, and that seeing them every day makes you smile.

Whether it’s necklaces, egg beaters, teacups, teapots, keys, scarves, kitchen gadgets… whatever really! So many things can be easily repurposed as a window valance by simply hanging them up.

That’s two kitchen windows down and one to go. I’ll be sharing window #3 next week.

If you enjoyed this grater project, you might also enjoy my repurposed grater candle holder.

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. That’s just such a great idea Tuula and I would LOVE having those adorable owl eyes staring at me all the time! ha ha!!


    1. haha! It’s a good thing they’re cute or it might be a little bit scary. lol.

    2. how cute….love the graters and the touch of the owls are adorable…gotta keep on the look out for the graters at thrift stores and yard sales….keep posting so enjoying.

      1. Thanks very much Pam! I often see old graters for cheap around here. Hope you find some. 🙂

  2. Mother Deer says:

    Cute and Clever! You amaze me 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Mother Deer! 🙂

  3. ColleenB. says:

    Luv the grater valance and those owl graters………….what a Hoot. They are adorable and would make me smile every time I would walk into the kitchen seeing them owls eyes watching over me. :}

    1. Thanks Colleen! They definitely do make me smile, and I feel better getting my craft studio more organized. It seems to always need that. lol.

  4. Great idea Tuula! I made my son a valance with ball caps. I love unique valences!

    1. Me too Sherry! They’re such fun and can be personalized for what someone collects. A ball cap valance is perfect for a boy’s room. My hubby would love that. 🙂

  5. Love it! Especially the ones that are on their way to being owls! Nice work, girl! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! Now I just need to find the time to give those owls some wings and chimes.

  6. You have done it again . . .created magic and enchantment with old stuff. A+
    I love this!
    Connie 🙂

    1. Thanks very much Connie! I do think old stuff is magical. 🙂

    1. Thanks Sharon! And it’s pretty easy to do. 🙂

  7. Mary Boger says:

    Very cool! You are so creative. Owl be watching for the windshield in
    your test shop.

    1. Thanks Mary! Owl be getting a few in there within the next few weeks. 🙂

  8. Mary Boger says:

    That was supposed to be windchimes………..?

    1. Thanks so much Florence! No budget forces me to use what I have, and in a way that makes decorating more fun for me.

  9. Patricia B says:

    Hey Tuula,
    OMG, love, love, love!! What a great idea, no pun intended. I love how you see the possibilities in everyday items!! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

    1. Thanks Patricia! The things we choose to surround ourselves with are special, whatever they are. All that matters is that they bring us some joy.

    1. Thanks so much AnnMarie! I’m enjoying getting what I’m telling myself are the last few touches for the kitchen done. Now if I could just stop adding projects to my list. 🙂

  10. Girl, you are just having too much fun in that kitchen of yours. Pretty soon you won’t want to leave. I know that I am constantly surprised when I visit you to see what you are up too. Another super creative repurpose ides!

    1. Thanks very much Mary! You are so right. I am having w-a-a-y too much fun. I get positively giddy as a schoolgirl when I’m repurposing things. 🙂

  11. What an adorable idea. Actually, several considering the graters are a valance, storage for a craft project in progress and a display area. You are so creative 🙂

    1. Thanks very much Debra! I’m so happy that my graters/owls are serving a purpose now while they wait to be finished, rather than just being stored in my craft studio.

  12. That is such a clever idea, to enjoy things as they wait for an upcycle. Brilliant!

    1. Thanks so much Julie! Not having a lot of storage challenges me to find solutions that are practical, but they also have to be fun.

    1. Thanks Julia! I do love that they’re not hidden away anymore. It might also remind me to work on them. 🙂

  13. I love the owl graters! You are so very clever! I may have to try and create an owl! I have a necklace valance in my little “office”. I love it! It also keeps all my necklaces all nice and not in a mass of tangles.

    1. Thanks Candice! Valances are a great way to store things that we use and display as well. My necklace valance in my craft studio is one of my favourite things, and I agree. It keeps them all nice and neat. 🙂

    1. Thanks very much Virginia!

  14. Love it! So original and creative, Tuula, and fun 🙂 Thanks for sharing your posts with us at Vintage Charm–

    1. Thanks very much Diana! I always look forward to checking out the party.